Madonna was originally sent “Get The Party Started” before passing it off to P!nk.

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P!nk’s career could have looked a lot different without “Get the Party Started.” The track served as the pop star’s lead single off her sophomore album, Missundaztood.

Grammy award winning songwriter, Linda Perry, recalled the song’s creation process in a new interview with Rolling Stone. She said she wrote it with radio’s current trends in mind.

“’Get the Party Started’ was just me figuring out what all this stuff does. I came up with that beat, laid it down, found all these weird chords and sounds and put the horns,” she said. “Then I went back to my guitar for the wah-wahs. I was just having fun. I picked up a microphone and said, “I’m just going to say every clichéd line I can think of.” And I came up with, “Get the party started on a Saturday night” and wrote a bunch of stuff down. I called up my manager afterwards and said, ‘I just wrote a damn hit.’ It was too easy.

Curiously, Perry sent it to the Queen of Pop, but she wasn’t ready to get the party started.

“I sent it to Madonna and she passed, but a week later, Alecia [a.k.a. Pink] called. She left me this really crazy message how she would come find me if I didn’t call her back. I saw what she looked like — she was a bling-bling girl — and I said, ‘I think you have the wrong Linda Perry.’ She’s like, ‘Is this the Linda Perry who sang ‘Dear Mister President’ in 4 Non Blondes?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah.’ She’s like, ‘Well, I have the right person.’ I had just written ‘Get the Party Started’ and I go, ‘Well, I’ve got something I wrote last week,’ and sent it to her. I guess she sent it to LA Reid and they said, ‘Okay we have our first single.’

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It makes a lot of sense Madonna passed on “Get This Party Started.” She gave birth to her son Rocco in 2000, and in 2001 would embark on the Drowned World Tour in support of the Ray Of Light and Music albums. It was time to get the party started, just not for Madonna.

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